|About the Book|
This is a guide to the major components and dynamics of the legal system in the United States. It is suitable for paralegals, paralegal students, legal assistants, legal secretaries, government workers, those working in corporate legal departments,MoreThis is a guide to the major components and dynamics of the legal system in the United States. It is suitable for paralegals, paralegal students, legal assistants, legal secretaries, government workers, those working in corporate legal departments, and anyone needing to know the components of the legal process and how it works.The book covers the process of law and law-making by courts and legislatures. It gives the basic structure of the legal system by describing the three major branches of government, but focuses mainly on how law is made and applied through the courts and legislatures.The types of law are described and explained, starting with the different types of primary law, such as statutory, case law, and the common law. The criminal system and the civil litigation systems are thoroughly explained, in a step-by-step journey through each.There is an introduction to paralegal profession and related paraprofessional careers. The different roles of the legal assistant are described, including in the context of private practice, government work, and the rapidly emerging freelance field. The ethical rules for paralegals are thoroughly explained and discussed, and compared with the general ethical precepts for lawyers.The book gives an individual a daily reference guide to check the meaning of legal procedures, terminology, and concepts in a practical work setting. The guide will be helpful to those legal assistants working in law offices and other government and corporate settings. It can be an important asset in the freelance paralegal office.And, for those English-speaking residents in other countries around the world, it is a valuable way to learn and reference conveniently the workings of the United States legal system and its related dynamics.Finally, the book has an academic approach and a logical, compartmentalized structure, making it suitable for introductory legal system courses in educational institutions, both in-house and online.